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Fall 2014

Sep. 8th. 6:30pm. Ice Auditorium. Jack Racove, "How Do We Know What the Constitution Means?"

Guest lecture by Jack Racove in honor of Constitution Day.

Contact: Nick Bucolla

Sep. 22-23rd. 6:30pm. Ice Auditorium. Colin DeYoung, "Causes and Consequences of Cognitive Exploration: How Openness to Experience and Intellect Help Explain Human Personality"

One of the most striking characteristics of human beings as a species is the complexity of our cognitive processes and representations of experience. No other species produces fiction, philosophy, representational art, or mathematics. Among people, however, there is much variation in the degree to which people engage in these kinds of cognitive exploration. One of the five basic dimensions of personality describes these individual differences in cognitive exploration. Controversy has lingered over whether to label this factor Openness to Experience or Intellect, but research indicates that these two labels in fact describe two different components of one broader trait. In this talk, DeYoung will describe what Openness and Intellect share and how they differ. He will describe what we know about the sources of these traits, including how they are generated by the brain and influenced by both genetics and experience, as well as what we know about the impact these important traits have on our lives. Understanding Openness and Intellect is crucial for understanding human personalities.

Contact: Yanna Weisberg

Sep. 30th. Time and location TBD. Panel on Social Media.

Included in the panel are PLACE faculty fellow Susan Currie-Sivek and Lisa Weidman.

Contact: Susan Currie-Sivek